Coburn Place Hosts National Expert for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Virtual Event

Dr. Cris Sullivan to discuss transitional housing model

Oct. 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Coburn Place is holding a free virtual event for supporters, partners and the public Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Zoom.

“Transforming Lives with Transitional Housing” is a conversation with Dr. Cris Sullivan, director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence at Michigan State University. She is an author of Coburn Place: An Exemplar of the Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Model, an in-depth study of Coburn Place and its approach to empowering survivors. (You can find Dr. Sullivan’s full study here.)

Dr. Sullivan will talk about what transitional housing is and why it’s a vital resource for survivors who need permanent housing. She will also speak specifically about the success of Coburn Place’s approach.

“I’ve studied housing programs for domestic violence all over the country – looking for ones that are truly exceptional, doing something different, really helping survivors get into permanent, safe housing,” says Sullivan. “Coburn Place is one of those programs. Nationally recognized for its outstanding model of services, truly unique in scale and programs. I’m excited to talk about what makes it different, and why those differences have such a big impact.”

To register for the discussion, email Lauren Laski at You’ll receive the Zoom link after you sign up.

*Media: If you’d like to attend this program, contact Kim Easton at or (317) 679-5170.

About Coburn Place
The mission of Coburn Place is to empower victims of interpersonal abuse. Coburn Place envisions a world where every human may live free from interpersonal abuse with safe and stable housing and an opportunity to enjoy overall well-being. Coburn Place is Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive provider of longer-term housing options for survivors. It uniquely offers onsite transitional housing and community-based housing in a Domestic Violence Housing First approach targeted at identifying and eliminating housing barriers and improving survivors’ overall housing stability self-sufficiency. It is a nationally recognized model program and has provided life-changing support to more than 4,000 adults and children since 1996. For more information, visit

About MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact: Kim Easton, communications manager,